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The World’s Best Minds to Convene at the Global Cybersecurity Forum in Riyadh



The Global Cybersecurity Forum (GCF), the action-oriented platform shaping the global cybersecurity agenda, has announced the speaker lineup for its 2022 edition, which will welcome over 4,500 attendees from over 110 countries at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh, between the 9th and 10th of November. Aiming to leverage the opportunities of an evolving global cyber order, GCF is bringing together the best minds to advance the cybersecurity agenda and grasp its benefits. Over the two-day event founded by the National Cybersecurity Authority, GCF will convene over 120 speakers from across the globe to discuss the most pertinent cyber issues of the day.

Under the event theme, Rethinking the Global Cyber Order, there will be more than 30 sessions covering a plethora of topics organized across five sub-themes including Disruption Frontier, Cyber Economics, Geo-Cyber Evolution, Future of Cyber Work and No One Left Behind. The opening session ‘Rethinking the global cyber order, why?’ will host former Foreign Secretary of India, Shyam Saran, alongside Dr. Michio Kaku, renowned futurist and Professor of Theoretical Physics, City University of New York, and Dr. Mary Aiken, a world-leading expert in cyberpsychology, bringing their unique geographical and cross-practice perspectives.

Speaking ahead of the event, Shyam Saran, Former Foreign Secretary of India, said, “The need to evolve how we approach both current and future cybersecurity challenges is critical. With rapid technological advancements, growing global competition, and disruptive threats more pervasive than ever, how we work together to advance the sector is paramount. As part of our efforts, cyber diplomacy is key to harnessing this powerful sector and the global opportunities it brings. I look forward to discussing global cyber priorities with leading voices at the 2022 edition of the Global Cybersecurity Forum.”

Day one of the event will also feature HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy, who will address the necessary steps required by the international energy sector to ensure greater cybersecurity for the industry, while Aramco’s President and CEO, Amin H. Nasser, will discuss cybersecurity resilience across the energy supply chain. Throughout the event, global industry leaders will address a variety of critical Cyberspace topics including AI Algorithms, how to keep children safe online, and the psychology of cyber criminals.

Other prominent speakers include:

  • Jeremy Jurgens – Managing Director at the World Economic Forum
  • Doreen Bogdan-Martin – Secretary-General-elect of the International Telecommunication Union
  • Nadhmi Alnasr, CEO of NEOM
  • Göran Marby -President and CEO of ICANN
  • Ursula Owusu-Ekuful – Minister for Communications and Digitalization of Ghana
  • Isa Ali Ibrahim – Minister of Communications and Digital Economy of The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Eng Abdurahman Al Hassan, Deputy Governor of Saudi Arabia’s National Cybersecurity Authority for the Strategy and International Cooperation Sector, said, “We are excited to convene a range of experts in Riyadh to discuss the most pertinent cybersecurity issues of the day. We are taking a holistic approach, with a program designed to expand the discussion beyond technical topics, to include socioeconomic development and geo-political issues related to cybersecurity.  Key policy matters will be addressed, with perspectives sought from across sectors enabling collective solutions.”

“We are working with knowledge partners comprised of leading international organizations and institutions including ITU, UNICEF, ETRI, and UNITAR among many others. The collaboration will bring to bear a huge depth of expertise spanning the full spectrum of Cyberspace policy and issues,” Al Hassan concluded.

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Spire Solutions to Exhibit at Blackhat MEA 2023



Spire Solutions is participating at Black Hat MEA from 14th to 16th November 2023, at the Riyadh Front Exhibition Centre. Spire Solutions is joining as a strategic partner at Blackhat from the cybersecurity space. The company will be present at booth H3.G30 along with globally acclaimed technology partners to lead the discussions around cybersecurity and data and support Saudi Arabia’s objective to achieve a secure digital future.

Under the theme “Empowering your Cyber Defence with Data and AI”, Spire Solutions will drive regional objectives and will showcase some of the most powerful and influential solutions such:

  • Cloud Services by Spire Solutions, in collaboration with Microsoft
  • Gurucul – ML/AI Powered Security Analytics platform
  • SolarWinds – Secure IT Monitoring and Observability platform
  • CyberArk – Privileged Access Management, Identity Access Management & DevSecOps solutions
  • ForgeRock – Digital Identity for Consumer, Workplace and Things
  • Corelight – Successful Threat Hunting with Network Detection and Response platform
  • SailPoint – Data Access and AI-Driven Identity Security for enterprises
  • Spire Data – Data & AI solutions
  • Conceal – AI-Powered Secure Browser Extension  

The threat landscape across the Middle East and Africa region is constantly evolving. The advent of generative AI models and the proliferation of cloud infrastructure have added complexity to the security landscape. Spire Solutions recognizes the imperative nature of cybersecurity in this context and remains dedicated to assisting organizations across various sectors in bolstering their defences. Along with its existing band of leading technologies, Spire Solutions is set to take the lead in showcasing new technologies and solutions around SIEM solutions, Cloud Services, API Security, and digital identity security.

Sanjeev Walia, Founder and President of Spire Solutions said, “We will be bringing the best of technologies to support, collaborate, and work closely with relevant government and private entities in Saudi Arabia. With a focus on Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia is undergoing an enormous business shift. Inspired by the National Transformation Program, we are witnessing a huge transition in the way businesses are functioning, that is, moving from traditional business models to a digital approach, which is propelling innovation and leading the way for improved business growth. With such developments, events like Blackhat serve as a strong platform to address the current and emerging challenges and connect the industry together. Through our strategic partnership with Black Hat, we will emphasize proactively securing digital assets and working together with our partners and customers to enhance the regional cybersecurity landscape.”

As part of the thought leadership session, Spire Solution’s line-up of speakers Gene Yoo, CEO at Resecurity will lead a session on Modern Threat Intelligence; Nilesh Dherange, CTO at Gurucul will present on Leveraging Machine Learning & AI for Attack Detection Scenarios; Prasanth Prasad, Director of Technology at Spire Solutions is part of an eminent Panel session on the topic Understanding The Expanding Influence of Cybersecurity Across The Enterprise & Business Functions; Basil Shahin, Regional Sales Director at Corelight will lead a critical discussion on Leveraging the Evidence Bank, Security’s Most Valuable Asset; Rami Qassem, Regional Sales Lead at SolarWinds will share practical tips on Observability and Secure Digital Transformation; Tausif Sayyed, Director – Big Data and Data Analytics at Spire Data will share important insights on the topic Generative AI Unleashed; Muhammad Rehan, Business Unit Head at Spire Solutions will take up an important session on Security in Software Development Life Cycle; Andrew Potter, Solution Architect at ForgeRock will lead a session on the topic Passwordless; Umer Aziz, Sr. Solution Architect at SailPoint will deliver a session on the topic Building a Successful Identity Program, and Mohamed Nabil from CyberArk will share his perspective on The Anatomy of the MGM Hack.

Spire Solutions will be exhibiting at Stand No H3.G30, Riyadh Front Exhibition Centre.

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AmiViz to Show Off the Latest Advancements in Cybersecurity at Black Hat 2023 in Riyadh



AmiViz, the pioneering enterprise B2B cybersecurity marketplace in the Middle East region, is excited to announce its participation in Black Hat Riyadh 2023, the most prominent cybersecurity event in Saudi Arabia to be held at Riyadh Front Exhibition & Convention Center on November 14-16. This pivotal event will serve as an ideal platform to showcase our cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions and services.

Black Hat Riyadh 2023, known for attracting global cybersecurity professionals, will provide a great opportunity for AmiViz to engage with industry experts, potential partners, and clients. This event will highlight new advancements in the cybersecurity landscape, offering a catalyst for proactive discussions and robust collaborations.

“We are thrilled to be part of Black Hat Riyadh 2023. It is a highly anticipated event that allows us to highlight our innovative cybersecurity solutions on an international platform,” states Ilyas Mohammed, COO of AmiViz. “Participating in such a renowned event underscores our commitment to the cybersecurity industry and empowers us to assist more businesses in protecting their digital assets.”

“With cybersecurity threats on the rise, AmiViz is committed to providing reliable, cutting-edge cybersecurity services. Our participation in Black Hat Riyadh 2023 underlines our dedication to keeping abreast of the latest technology and trends in cybersecurity. It also allows us to share our understanding and expert insights with a larger audience,” he said.

As a leading cybersecurity marketplace, AmiViz has an extensive portfolio of cybersecurity solutions. These include threat intelligence, security assessments, penetration testing, and incident response solutions from our vendors AlgoSec, BlackBerry, Cequence Security, Check Point, Menlo Security, Swimlane, ZINAD IT, Darktrace and ESET.

“We cater to a wide range of industries, providing customized solutions that fit each client’s unique needs and requirements,” Ilyas said. Our participation at Black Hat Riyadh 2023 is a testament to our commitment to cybersecurity. We look forward to showcasing our state-of-the-art services, engaging with leading experts, and contributing to raising the bar for cybersecurity standards worldwide.”

For more information about AmiViz and our presence at Black Hat Riyadh 2023, please visit our booth in Hall 3, Stand D50 at Riyadh Front Exhibition & Convention Center from 14-16 November 2023.

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ITQAN and Cyber50 Defense Announce Strategic Partnership at GESS Dubai



UAE’s ITQAN, a leading Systems Integrator and a subsidiary of the Yas Holding group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with innovative cybersecurity services firm Cyber50 Defense to create a fortified and secure digital environment for all users. Announced at the Global Education Supplies and Solutions (GESS) Dubai conference and exhibition, the partnership marks a significant milestone in the cybersecurity and IT landscape.

Ali Jaber Al Yafei, CEO of United Technology Holding, the parent company of ITQAN Al Khaleej, commented, “This alliance underscores ITQAN’s ongoing dedication to progressive adaptation in a rapidly evolving technological landscape. With Cyber50 Defense by our side, we are poised to offer unmatched solutions, strengthening the digital security and success of our clientele.”

Abdullah Al Seiari, CEO of Cyber50 Defense, added, “This collaboration with ITQAN, a name held in high esteem in the industry, amplifies our shared mission. Together, we aim to deliver an enhanced suite of services, benefiting not only our organizations but, more importantly, our valued clients.”

The recently held MoU signing at the GESS exhibition highlights the pivotal role of education and technology in sculpting a future-ready landscape.

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